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  • *Calls for Europe to do more to lift growth in near term. CAIRNS, Australia, Sept 21- The Group of 20 leading nations say they are tantalisingly close to adding an extra $2 trillion to the global economy and creating millions of new jobs, but Europe's extended stagnation remains a major stumbling block.

  • New smartphone app gives sight to the blind Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 20- Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent his evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son's school report and labels on bottles in the fridge.

  • CAIRNS, Australia, Sept 20- As the Group of 20 leading economies meet to change no less than the "destiny" of the global economy, members remain divided on how to get there with Germany pushing back at U.S. calls for more government stimulus. That goal has seemed ever more distant as members from China to Japan, Germany and Russia have all stumbled in recent months.

  • Business Highlights Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 5:47 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed more than 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited potential for growth and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 19- Holly Riggle, a 29- year-old white-collar worker from Ohio, is just the kind of everyday customer Apple Inc would love to have for its new iPhone 6, which launches Friday. But Riggle is sticking to her Android smartphone, calling Apple less "original" than it was under former Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs.

  • But Apple Inc's new mobile payments system- unveiled just ten days ago- is already winning over the heavyweights of the financial industry and signaling the likely demise of lesser payment alternatives.

  • Some consumers say Apple is losing its 'cool' factor Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 7:35 AM ET

    A Reuters/Ipsos poll who said Apple had become somewhat or much less cool in the last two years.

  • Some consumers say Apple is losing its "cool" factor Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 19- Holly Riggle, a 29- year-old white-collar worker from Ohio, is just the kind of everyday customer Apple Inc would love to have for its new iPhone 6, which launches Friday. But Riggle is sticking to her Android smartphone, calling Apple less "original" than it was under former chief executive Steve Jobs.

  • Yahoo rakes in another jackpot from Alibaba's IPO Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 6:13 AM ET

    Yahoo is making amends for years of blundering with one smart move: An investment in China's Alibaba that has turned into a multibillion-dollar boon.

  • Yahoo rakes in another jackpot from Alibaba's IPO Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Yahoo is making amends for years of blundering with one smart move: an early investment in China's Alibaba Group that has turned into a multibillion-dollar boon.

  • As Wall Street watches Alibaba, stocks drift Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 12:16 AM ET

    NEW YORK— With Wall Street focused on the debut of Alibaba Group, the stock market drifted into the weekend and major indexes ended little changed. Alibaba gained $25.89 to end at $93.89. Alibaba lined up its initial public offering of stock at $68 a share the day before, raising $21.8 billion from investors.

  • Review: Larger iPhones eliminate reason to switch Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 12:12 AM ET

    NEW YORK— It's easy to dismiss Apple's new iPhones as merely catching up to Android. After all, phones running Google's Android system long have had larger screens. In addition, many Android phones already have the wireless chips that iPhones are getting for making credit card payments without pulling out a card at retail stores.

  • Orders for Samsung Note 4 phone begin Friday Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Samsung says U.S. wireless carriers will start taking orders for its large-screen Galaxy Note 4 smartphone on the same day larger iPhones go on sale. The Note 4 will be available on Oct. 17. The Note runs Google's Android system and has Samsung-produced extras such as the ability to show multiple apps on the same screen at once.

  • Orders for Samsung Note 4 phone begins Friday Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 11:52 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Samsung says U.S. wireless carriers will start taking orders for its large-screen Galaxy Note 4 smartphone on the same day larger iPhones go on sale. The Note 4 will be available on Oct. 17. The Note runs Google's Android system and has Samsung-produced extras such as the ability to show multiple apps on the same screen at once.

  • Marriott's leaps into virtual-reality vacations Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 11:01 PM ET

    Marriott Hotels is betting in the future you will take virtual vacations.

  • Cramer takes on Alibaba's list of cons Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:11 PM ET

    There are plenty of reasons not to buy Alibaba. But do any of them tread water with Cramer?

  • Sept 18- Alibaba Group Holding priced its initial public offering at $68 a share, the top end of the expected range, raising $21.8 billion on Thursday. "I'd put them in a class of Facebook and Google with the scale they have, growth prospects and profitability," said Scot Wingo, CEO of e-commerce software provider ChannelAdvisor.

  • Apple locks itself out of devices with passwords Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 4:25 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Apple has tightened its technological security so not even the company can pry into a password-protected iPhone or iPad, a move meant to reassure the millions of people who are increasingly storing vital pieces of their lives on the devices.

  • SEATTLE, Sept 18- Microsoft Corp will close its Silicon Valley research-and-development operation as part of 2,100 layoffs announced on Thursday, as it moves toward its new CEO's goal of cutting 18,000 staff, or about 14 percent of its workforce.

  • *Visa exploring options for 5.5 pct stake in Monitise. *Visa fourth-biggest stakeholder in Monitise. Sept 18- Monitise Plc lost more than a third of its market value after Visa Inc, its biggest customer, revealed plans to divest its stake in the company and pursue development of its own mobile payment systems.